Sen. Eyes Ban On Employers' Facebook Access Requests

Law360, New York (March 22, 2012, 5:00 PM EDT) -- Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., said Wednesday that he plans to introduce legislation barring employers from asking job applicants for access to their private social media accounts, joining a chorus of state legislatures, advocacy groups and legal experts who believe the practice violates individuals' privacy rights.

Following a rash of reports that companies have required applicants to log into their Facebook accounts during interviews, Blumenthal — as well as lawmakers in Illinois, Maryland and New Jersey — is drafting legislation that would prohibit employers from requiring current...
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